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Aaron West

Dear Editor,
    I would like to tell you about the massive community support that is available in the Paw Paw area. My Eagle Project was collecting personal care items and shelf stable foods to get parolees that have been released to Van Buren County through the first two to five days out of prison.  This pro-ject would not have been possible without the help of the people in our community.
    To begin the project, I was put in contact with Ms. Carrie Walker from Kinexus, who advised me about this need and gave me ideas about the items that could be useful. Next, four locations allowed me to set donation boxes in their businesses. Biggby, Culligan, The Shop, and Walt and Marie’s generously began the collections of donated items. I then presented this project to my church, RedArrow Ministries, for their donations.
    Over several weeks, donations of items arrived. I then contacted Sally Boothby from the VBISD Backpack Project and she was able to help with many of the 100 bags needed.
    With the donations coming in, I realized that there was a need for shirts. I went to Look Sharp Market-ing/Sporting Image and was delighted when they offered 50 shirts to help out. B&G Discount in Schoolcraft, MI, worked with me to round out the bags to a full 50 items per bag - giving the parolees the best start possible.
    On December 2, I delivered 50 food bags AND 50 personal care bags to Kinexus for them to distribute (two bags each) to Van Buren parolees. Through the support of the community, I was able to have a successful Eagle Project that will provide two years of supplies for parolees.
    I am proud to live in this thoughtful and generous community.
    Thanks to you all.
    Yours in Scouting,
    Aaron West
    BSA Troop 169
    Paw Paw


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